French and Dutch ministers to open seminar on EU reforms

Press briefing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman (excerpt)

Paris, 16 June 2015

Netherlands – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his counterpart and French-Dutch seminar on the simplification of the European Union (Paris, 17 June 2015)

Laurent Fabius will have a meeting with his Dutch counterpart Bert Koenders tomorrow. Among other things, they will discuss the situation in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine and our joint commitment to the Sahel region. They will talk about current European issues, including migration in the Mediterranean. They will also take stock of our key bilateral cooperation projects.

The ministers will then open a French-Dutch seminar entitled “A year of reforms in Europe: simplification, a national and European imperative.” This seminar, which will be attended by Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, and Thierry Mandon, Minister of State for State Reform and Simplification, will bring together representatives from economic, administrative and academic spheres from both countries, as well as from European institutions.

The seminar will provide an opportunity to work on concrete proposals that can be swiftly implemented and are likely to benefit citizens and businesses. It will also enable us to reflect on how to improve coordination between the work being carried out within the EU and national simplification reforms. (…)./.

Published on 16/06/2015

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